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The Pope - Hollister Brewing Co.

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The Pope
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BA SCORE
85
very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 6.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hollister Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JayTheFinn on 06-01-2007)
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Photo of kdown
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

kdown, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of SShelly
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured from a Hollister Growler.

Nice medium straw with fluffy white head, and an immediate shot of american hops in the nose when poured. This beer smells amazing, lots of citrus, very pungent.

Taste is medium bitter with again a big hop aroma and flavor punch, though not really overdone as other beers in the style can be. Leaves a light lingering citrus bitterness that is very pleasant.

Overall a damn good IPA that I wish I could find in a bottle.

SShelly, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

A: Pours a clear golden with 1/2 inch white head leaving stringy lace.

N: Tons of tropical and citrus notes (pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit). Nearly perfect.

T: Citrusy fruits, some malty grains, piney evergreen needles.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly bitter and semi-dry finish.

O: Very good balance. Slightly lower ABV than the Hippie Kicker which was more malt forward. If you are looking for a solid IPA, this is it.

wethorseblanket, May 18, 2012
Photo of jonbonfon
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jonbonfon, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of javiernano
4/5  rDev +5.3%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +5.3%

drewone, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +5.3%

On-tap at Hollister Brewing

Pours golden orange in color with a finger of white head. There is plenty of fresh hop character to this. Lots of grapefruit peel and sweet tangerine, tons of pine aroma, too. Just a hint of grass and floral hops. A sharp grapefruit flavor with a mild sweetness of tangerine and orange. The pine gives a nice bitterness. Mild malt sweetness in the background.

womencantsail, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of EinWeizenbitte
4/5  rDev +5.3%

EinWeizenbitte, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of rmaste6282
4/5  rDev +5.3%

rmaste6282, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of sunshinethewolf
4/5  rDev +5.3%

sunshinethewolf, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured a deep yellow color with a thin white head. Nose was citrusanf floral notes, big hops like a West Coast IPA always should be. Taste is hps up front with floral notes, citrus all the way through. Well done IPA and the mouthfeel was nice and hoppy. No let down here.

barleywinefiend, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.3%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4/5  rDev +5.3%

SanDiegoBeerLove, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of bulletrain76
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Tried the cask version of this on my latest visit to the brewpub today, and was pleasantly surprised by the differences. The head was more sustained and left tighter lacing than the keg version. I know that this was mainly due to the sparkler that they use, but it was still a mighty fine looking beer. The aroma also displayed a richer malty sweetness in contrast to the more intense, herbal hoppy notes of the keg version. The flavor was also a little more balanced, with more caramel sweetness coming through to balance the massive hop flavors. I did detect some papery oxidized notes as well, though. The mouthfeel was softer and smoother; quite nice. Overall, both versions have their merits, but cask is just cooler to drink, as you don't get the chance to have to many cask beer around here.

bulletrain76, May 28, 2008
Photo of Diomede
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Diomede, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jaydoc, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Albert369
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Albert369, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of jakecattleco
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jakecattleco, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of bh123
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

bh123, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

millerbuffoon, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Type: Draft
Glass: Half-pint glass
From: Hollister Brewing Company in Goleta, Calif.
Price: $3.25
Purchased: July 5, 2013
Consumed: July 5, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey amber clear color with 1-2 fingers of off-white head when I got it. That head wore off quickly. Pretty good lacing along the sides. Average retention on the way down.

Smelled tons of hops. Got lime, pine, citrus, caramel and floral, all in a clean, light whiff.

Initial taste reminded me of a Manzanita IPA. Caramel, lime, pine, floral hops and citrus hops.

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

This beer wasn’t as quite as good as I remember it from December, but I was sick then. But overall it is an OK IPA.

BucannonXC5, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

Good solid IPA. The Pope is nothing outstanding, but it's an admirable addition to the HBC line up.

A - Light hazy gold body with a creamy white head about a finger thick.
S - Pine scented hoppiness.
T - Pine flavor from the hops dominates, but isn't overwhelming. A hint of lemony citrus in the background. Very good.
M - Light. Bubbly.
D - Smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol isn't very noticable.

JayTheFinn, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of photomike
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a glowing orange color with minimal head, presumably just to fill my pint glass. I appreciate it, Hollister. Sticky lacing all the way up makes this a good looking beer. Without much head given in the first place, its hard to give this a perfect score in the appearance department, but I definitely recognize its quality.

Nose is very very citrusy, with an abundance of peppery pine as well.

Taste is very bitter, much more so than I'd expect from a small brewpub unlikely to get TOO extreme. I'm impressed, a lot of hops must have gone into this beer at 3 bucks a pint. Some underlying sweetness reminiscent of citrus, but big piney hops are the star here. Not as well balanced as I would have liked.

Mouthfeel is good. Clean and refreshing, the beers got a nice full body and a velvety finish.

Pretty drinkable; the alcohol is well hidden in the taste, but noticeable in the mouthfeel once it approaches room temperature. Warming.

Overall, a great effort from a relatively new brewpub. Keep stuff like this coming!

photomike, May 05, 2009
Photo of charlzm
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Consumed 05/25/08.

Noted as 7% ABV on my visit. Clear deep golden with active carbonation. Lacing on glass sides, head fades but does not vanish due to carbonation.

Aroma of Cascade hops.

Very similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in flavor; hop flavors dominate (piney and a touch of citrus) along with bitterness. Malt flavor submerged to the point of near undetectability. Lingering bitterness with some parching on the tongue on finish.

Tasty, but nothing special. But check it out on cask...

charlzm, May 27, 2008
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The Pope from Hollister Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.